ERIC Number: ED443456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Measuring Employment Success and Occupational Program Satisfaction.
Willett, Terrence R.; Luan, Jing
The report presents the findings of the 1998 and 1999 follow-up studies of occupational program graduates from Cabrillo College (California) and of students who left the program before completion. The studies explored the core measures defined by Perkins Act reporting requirements and other measures, including the reasons students chose Cabrillo College and why they left if they did not complete the program, their satisfaction with the program, ideas for improvements, and employment and wage levels. Comparisons were made between completers of a program and leavers, or those who did not complete a program. Over 60% of completers stated their goal was to obtain a vocational certificate or degree as compared to 40% of leavers. Leavers stated lack of time, finances, job changes, and personal matters as top reasons for not continuing. Most respondents reported high satisfaction with all programs. Employment did not significantly differ by completion status. The 1998 survey suggested that completers earned significantly higher incomes than did leavers, but data from 1999 were inconclusive. Program completion, higher program satisfaction, and more variable work hours planned per term increased the probability of working in their field of study. Computer and interpersonal skills were stated as most needed after leaving Cabrillo with much variability by program. (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cabrillo Coll., Aptos, CA.